Make memtest functional
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When I navigate to memtest and hit Enter nothing happens other than a brief visual glitch.

Gnutella created this task.May 6 2019, 6:03 PM
jeremiah.foster triaged this task as "Normal" priority.May 10 2019, 4:51 PM
jeremiah.foster added a subscriber: MrChromebox.

best I can tell, this is an issue with compiling memtest86+ with gcc-8, and not something that can be easily fixed within the framework of current coreboot toolchain

nicole added a subscriber: nicole.EditedJul 14 2019, 6:37 PM

@MrChromebox I am not sure if this issue relates to Coreboot. I see exactly this issue when e.g. booting from the OEM or live image and choose the memtest from the Grub menu.
And yes, I would also like to see this fixed since being able to run a memtest from a USB stick would be very helpful. I have not yet tested if this issue also applies to a PureOS installation.
(tested with latest OEM image 2019-07-14)

@nicole this isn't a coreboot issue. If you boot a Qubes 4.0.1 ISO (eg) and run memtest from there, it works perfectly fine.

The issue with memtest bundled with coreboot (removed for current 4.9-1 release) is the toolchain used to compile memtest. That causes a freeze at the start of testing. With the PureOS ISO, memtest is failing to run at all. Given the different symptoms, I suspect a different root cause. But either way, unrelated to our coreboot firmware.

That's what I wrote?
This is not Coreboot, it is a PureOS issue.

Since memtest was removed from Coreboot, I assume for good reason, we need to get the PureOS memtest (started from Grub) working again.

@nicole you said "I am not sure if this issue relates to Coreboot," I was simply confirming that it does not / is a different issue altogether :)

Just FYI - in latest PureOS live/OEM images memtest (and also HW detect) are not working from the Grub menu.
This should either be fixed or the menu entries removed from Grub.

Squid added a subscriber: Squid.Sat, Aug 3, 3:45 PM

This is most likely not a coreboot issue. I tested on a machine that has proprietary firmware and memtest did not work.

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